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by Mark Bignell

A Truly Visual Experience! The 1st Annual Indy Music Video Festival!

It means what it says. Music videos made independently. Free from the narrow confines of corporate control. This festival is one fantastic way for you to better acquaint yourself with Vancouver and Canada's independent music scene.

It all happens on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, at The Blinding Light Cinema, located in the heart of Gastown at 36 Powell Street.

There are four shows over the weekend. two at 7:30 pm, and two at 10 pm. All of them completely different! Offering a diverse selection of no less than 50 videos from such acts as: The New Pornographers, Martin Tielli of The Rheostatics, The Molestics, Geoff Berner, Linda McRea, Bocephus King, Coal, Young and Sexy, Brundlefly, Metalwood, Radiogram, Ralph, Huevos Rancheros, DOA, Veal, and the Nasty On to cover but a portion of what you'll experience!

There will also be live performances by the hilarious lounge duo Canned Hamm (7:30 pm and 10 pm Dec. 6) and peppy, good time Country gal Carolyn Mark (7:30 pm and 10 pm Dec. 7).

Just $7 gets you into each show. You get an even more ridiculously sweet deal when you purchase a weekend pass for only $12!

A small price to pay for two fantastic nights of refreshing, innovative and entertaining independent video goodness! Don't miss this chance to spoil yourself this holiday season! For more info, visit www.bandcouver.com or www.imvf.com or call The Blinding Light at: 604-878-3366.

Thanks to: Nicole Steen of Coal, Cinestir (nice play on words), IMU Productions and Rumbletone Productions for including Radio Bandcouver as a sponsor.

Bocephus King's Latest Ear Candy!
I've recently had the privilege of hanging around the control room of Utopia Parkway Studios, witnessing the bold new ear candy from Bocephus King! BK, along with the very capable John Shepp, has just put the finishing touches on BK's fourth (as yet untitled) album, due out this coming year. From what I've heard in the studio, this is the most exciting, ambitious and memorable album BK's produced yet.

Some of the tunes that have come to light include: the sunny, Brian Wilson-like masterpiece (Just Go To Sleep, Don't Go To) Hollywood, the electronic spaghetti western Goodnight Forever, Montgomery Clift, A Gospel/Blues shuffler called Jesus The Bookie--which will most likely be a favourite on the dance Floor.

Then there is the campfire sing-along feel of We're All Here, Cause We're Not All There, the vintage Byrds meets Who-like bombast of Wreck Of The Century, the ten-minute opus St. Hallelujah, the Santana-Tinged Lullaby Blues-one of at least several with the spine-tingling vocals of Coco Love Alcorn, and the gorgeous ballad Stella Bella Blues with the touching lyrics.

Not everyone believes in miracles, so count yourself amongst the lucky few. We are scared, but we must sleep eventually. Sweet dreams. Little Stella Bella Blues.

Bocephus King is one of the few truly gifted artists you'll find anywhere. An artist with the rare knack of balancing dark lyrics with bright melodies that has an endearing, lasting value--a welcome alternative to the usually sterile and soulless world of the music business. Here's to bucking the trend! All hail the king! Give me the album! Now!

Upcoming Live Highlights: 303 Live ( 303 Columbia Street, just off Hastings, in the old Columbia Hotel in Vancouver) : All shows presented by Bancouver.com

1.) Freeflow, a five-piece band offering an intelligent and musically pleasing hybrid of Funk, Reggae and Hip Hop. Thursday, Dec. 5th, 10 pm, at 303 Live!

Upcoming Live Highlights at Carnegie's (1619 West Broadway at Fir, a block west of Granville):
1.) The Myk Gordon Band, offering its soulful spin on Rand B. Thursdays (Dec. 5, 12 and 19), 9 pm!
2.) Edmonton Block Heater, described as a cross between Squeeze and Wilco, headline a gig with Black- Feather-featuring Bernie Belanger from The Colorifics! Friday, Dec. 6, 9 pm!
3.) A Bandcouver Roots Music Christmas! Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, December 2, featuring some of Vancouver's most exciting and dynamic Roots/Alt-Country acts!

Confirmed at this printing: Scott Smith's East Side Blues Band, The Bughouse 5's Butch Murphy, Coal, JT King, Craig Jacks, Graham Brown, and The Boomchix! (Schedule subject to change.
Visit www.bandcouver.com for updates)

Talk To You Next Time
Tune in to Radio Bandcouver on Co-op Radio 102.7 FM CFRO
Fridays 10 pm - Midnight
Visit Radio Bandcouver Online! http://www.bandcouver.com

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